Visit Mevagissey: Places to stay, things to do

Eleanor Daniel reveals the charms of Mevagissey and why it's the ideal place to while away the day.


Why go there?
Situated along the stunning south Cornish coastline, Mevagissey is an unspoilt, traditional fishing village. With its maze of charming alleways, coves, cliffs and shops there is always something to keep you occupied. The smugglers were once here and are part of Mevagissey’s rich history on display in the collection of museums in the village. Mevagissey also offers a great selection of traditional Cornish ales, perfect to drink by the harbourside and watch the catch come in. For the more active, there are beautiful coastal walks along the clifftops with views right across to the picturesque town of Fowey. To get to Fowey, simply take one of the ferries across St Austell bay, and if you’re lucky enough you might even spot a basking shark or a dolphin on the way. However, if boats are not your thing, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are only 1 ½ miles away on foot.
But if ultimately all you want to do is while away the day in the sunshine, this delightful little village is the ideal place to be.


Where to stay
Wild Air is seated on the coastal path and boasts fantastic views over the harbour and village. It has a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking the sea, superb for enjoying a glass or two of wine in the evenings. Owned by a local fishing family, they are happy to offer advice on the local area and help with planning your days out. The accommodation itself is comfortable and inviting, that’s if you can tear yourself away from those incredible views!

Where to eat
To soak up the local atmosphere visit the Ship Inn. It’s one of Cornwall’s most famous pubs because of its unspoilt charm. Serving home cooked food, including freshly caught fish of the day, it also hosts local musicians and entertainment and a good selection of Cornish ales.


Tell us a local secret
The Mevagissey man, Walter Cross, who introduced the stagecoach service into Cornwall, was also a smuggler.